Welcome to OMEN, a page dedicated to our Love-Hate relationship with all things European.
One of the most bizarre places in Europe is the town of Baarle-Hertog/Baarle-Nassau, a town within another town. The reason for this European oddity is that in the 12th century the lord of the region began selling off chunks of land to another duke. Eventually, centuries later, those dukedoms evolved into different countries, but the borders remained the same. This created the unique situation where patches of the same town are technically in two different countries. Weirder still, the border actually passes through buildings and houses.
Whilst arguably a very sanguinary and brutal historical figure, his blood-thirst was not to be taken literally.
Archaeological excavation by Francis Thackeray und Tommie van der Merwe in 2001 uncovered clay pipes in William Shakespeare's garden in Stratford-upon-Avon. Analysis of these pipes revealed traces of Cannabis.
At £6.78 per pint, you need a bank loan to go on a pubcrawl!